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Buying your first home

Don't buy a house until you're ready. A common mistake is to become overburdened with too much debt from a huge mortgage, new furnishings and a new car.

The time's right? Then do your homework. Preparing to buy a home is as important as finding the right home.

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Mortgage basics: A guide for buying and financing a home, Buying your first home, Should you stretch to buy that house?, How mortgage lenders grade borrowers, 10 down-payment tips, Programs that cure the down-payment blues, Ways to leap over the down-payment hurdle, Understanding mortgage APR, 6 ways to slash mortgage costs, Get that rate lock in writing, PMI: What it is, how it works and how to work around it, Don't get squeezed in the mortgage rush, When good faith estimates go bad, The lowdown on construction loans, You have homeowners insurance. But are you really protected?, 10 things you need to know about homeowners insurance, Fix your home without breaking your wallet, Financing your fixer-upper, Do-it-yourself biweekly payments, Renewed push for 'energy-efficient' mortgages

 

-- Posted: Jan. 20, 2003

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